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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Critique/Review (for writers) (05/06/10)

TITLE: A Reflection from Psalm 42:7
By Maria Egilsson


Neither your life nor mine is a random series of events. God is the Author of our life. Yet in the mundane moments it is easy to forget that he writes each personís life with a purpose.

Interwoven threads create a plot that unfolds on the pages of my life and yours. What your life and mine should reveal is the divine story of amazing grace.

We have a story to tell but to find our story we have to read backwards. You and I need to take the time to review past events-finding their meaning with the gift of time and hindsight.

We can become entrapped in our own small world where we focus on the surface things of life. God will use the force of a waterfall to catch our attention.

Life will come to a standstill as God carves out pieces of time where you and I need to attend to our souls. It is in these silent places of solitude that we began to read the themes that God has written into your story and mine.

We begin to revisit scenes and circumstances that you and I thought were empty of his touch. Looking back it is clearer to see his fingerprints on the chapters of our life.

With fresh insight and knowledge our stories are rewritten and retold. Redemptive grace becomes our theme for the next chapter that is written.

Psalm 42:7 (The Message)

When my soul is in the dumps,
I rehearse everything I know of you,

From Jordan depths to Hermon heights,
including Mount Mizar.

Chaos calls to chaos,
to the tune of whitewater rapids.

Your breaking surf, your thundering breakers crash and crush me.

Then GOD promises to love me all day,
sing songs all through the night!

My life is God's prayer.

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AnneRene' Capp05/13/10
This was refreshing! Enjoyed the devotional witnessing of encouragement in this and your poem at the end. Heartfelt and true.
Maria Kana Santos05/14/10
Very reflective piece of writing about life. God knows the beginning and the end. Thus, He helps us through the walks of life to the end, if we remain faithful to Him through our Lord Jesus Christ.
God bless you as He unfolds many exciting chapters of your life, with all trials and joys.

Let us serve Him with fear, rejoicing with trembling. (Psalm 2:11)
Keep writing for His honour.
Joanna Stricker05/14/10
I enjoyed the encouragement I found in your well written piece. My favorite paragraph: "Life will come to a standstill as God carves out pieces of time where you and I need to attend to our souls. It is in these silent places of solitude that we began to read the themes that God has written into your story and mine." --so very true and well-said.
Timothy Klingerman05/14/10
Nice thoughts. Which of us cannot now look back at a dark passage in our lives and see how God was there all along caring for us.
Mildred Sheldon05/14/10
What a beautiful reflection. We serve an awesome God who molds us into what He wants us to be and our story is unique, one of a kind and wonderful. Well written.
Charlotte Maccallum05/16/10
I think this would make a great devotional
Jan Ackerson 05/17/10
This is beautifully written.

It might skirt the topic a bit; nevertheless, it was a lovely read and I'm glad I stopped by to read it!
Marijo Phelps05/17/10
Thanks for sharing your insights on this Psalm! Good devotional!
Caitlyn Meissner05/17/10
I enjoyed this entry a lot. I know I often become entrapped in life's circumstances. Isn't it great to know that God is always with us?

You did use the word "life" a bunch of times in the first two paragraphs. Sometimes it's good to change words now and then and look for different ways of saying them.

Thanks for a great entry. It's great how God is using your writing to bless other people. :)
Amanda Brogan05/17/10
I like the theme of God being the Author of life throughout this piece. All of the writing rather poetically refers back to our "stories" being written and directed by God. How glad we can be that He is in charge and life is not just a series of random events! Very well-worded. Love it! :)
Colin Swann05/18/10
Loved this devotional. His fingerprints on our experiences, as you put it, indeed speak of God's very own reviewing of our lives - well done!
Susan Montaperto05/18/10
Thank you very much for your
reflection and thoughts. It was very uplifting.
norma carroll05/21/10
I never thought about it before Maria........but we really do have to look at our lives backwards.......to make the sense God has in mind for us to make of it. Thanks for the beautifully written insights.